Carroll wins boys' 100 meters at Arcadia Invitational

First place
Lori Shepler / LAT
Cathedral junior Randall Carroll takes first place in the boys' 100-meter dash at the Arcadia Invitational, with Charles Saseun of Rancho Cucamonga finishing second.
L.A. Cathedral junior is clocked in 10.48 seconds, and Oaks Christian senior Owusu runs to victory in 200.
By Austin Knoblauch, Special to The Times
April 13, 2008
Sprinter Randall Carroll knows there's a good chance that he could be competing on the same football field some Saturday against Chris Owusu of Westlake Village Oaks Christian. Until then, however, the Los Angeles Cathedral junior has made it his goal to beat the senior in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

So far, he's halfway there. Carroll, who finished third in the state in the 100 last year, won the boys' invitational 100 in 10.48 seconds Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational. Rancho Cucamonga's Charles Saseun (10.59), who finished second at state in the event, was second again and Owusu (10.60) took third.

Owusu, a wide receiver who has committed to play football at Stanford, went on to win his best event, the 200 meters, in 21.4. Carroll was second in 21.44.

It's been a pretty good day, but I'm a little disappointed I couldn't get him in the 200, said Carroll, who has committed to USC. I'm focusing this season on the 200, so I really wanted to win it. But, I'm close.

Carroll and Owusu have maintained a friendly on-field relationship, though each is hoping to take state titles in the 100 and 200 this June. Carroll knows the 200 title goes through Owusu, and the Oaks Christian two-sport standout knows he needs to beat Carroll if he wants to be the state 100 champion.

I definitely feel a sense of satisfaction beating him [in the 200], Owusu said. I'm happy with how things have gone. I didn't win [in the 100], but my goal was to come here and compete with these guys and that's what I've done.

Another on-track rivalry was on full display Saturday.

Two-time defending 3,200 state champion Jordan Hasay of San Luis Obispo Mission Prep won her much-anticipated duel with Christine Babcock of Irvine Woodbridge, posting a national-leading time of 10:03.07.

The runners traded leads several times during the race, with Babcock pulling ahead going into the final lap. But Hasay took the lead in the final 200 meters to beat the defending state Division II cross-country champion. Babcock is also the defending state champion in the 1,600 meters.

It was a good run, said Hasay, who was named female athlete of the meet. Christine's a great competitor and she pushed me the whole way.

The two also pulled along the 12 runners who finished behind them as each cracked the top-20 times in the nation this season.

The Long Beach Poly girls' team turned in a strong overall performance. Freshman Akawkaw Ndipaqbor posted a nation-leading time of 53.43 in the 400 meters, and the Jackrabbits posted the nation's second-fastest time in the 400 relay (46.27) and the 1,600 relay (3:44.22).

The Compton Dominguez boys' 1,600 relay team posted a nation-leading time of 3:12.13.

Chris Derrick of Nequa Valley (Ill.) set an Illinois state record and recorded the sixth-fastest time ever in the nation in the 5,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 13:55.96. He was named male athlete of the meet.

austin.knoblauch@latimes.com